Capacity Building & Education

Event: World Water Day 2013 [viewed]

Reflecting the decision to designate 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day 2013 will be dedicated to the theme of water cooperation.  

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CABI Launches Knowledge Bank on Plant Health Information [viewed]

July 2012: The Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International (CABI) has launched the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, a web-based portal that combines plant health information with diagnostic tools, fact sheets and other information resources to assist farmers in identifying and controlling crop pests.

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Event: International Year of Water Cooperation [viewed]

The UN International Year of Water Cooperation will be observed in 2013. The campaign will work to advance comprehension of the challenges and benefits of water cooperation, and promote it worldwide. UN-Water has called upon the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to lead the International Year. The 2013 World Water Day, marked on 22 March, also will be dedicated to water cooperation.  

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Year of the Bat Newsletter Highlights Plight of Bats in Asia Pacific [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) has published the fifth edition of the newsletter, "Year of the Bat Chat," highlighting the status of bats in Asia and the Pacific. CMS leads the Year of the Bat campaign in 2012.

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UNCCD Newsletter Highlights Land for Life Award Winners [viewed]

August 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released issue 4.2/4.3 of UNCCD News. The latest issue features stories on the three winners of the UNCCD's first Land for Life Award.

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UNDP Highlights Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Sustainable Development through Media Access [viewed]

UNDP26 July 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) has released a report highlighting the importance of indigenous peoples' voice and participation in the governance of sustainable development.

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CBD Secretariat Calls for Comments on Protected Areas Governance Toolkit [viewed]

CBD26 July 2012: A draft toolkit on governance of protected areas has been developed by several partners in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is open for review. The purpose of the toolkit is to facilitate the development of institutional and individual capacity for all those involved in the governance and management of protected areas.

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CBD Secretariat Conducts Publications Survey [viewed]

CBDJuly 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is conducting an online survey to ensure that its publications are practical and informative.

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International Sava River Basin Commission Holds Ecotourism Workshop [viewed]

31 July 2012: The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) held an international workshop on the development of ecotourism in the context of cross-border cooperation. The Commission was set up in 2004 among the Governments of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, to cooperate for the sustainable use of the Sava River's resources and improved living conditions for populations in the Basin.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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